"'My dear, why all this Fall-of-the-House-of-Usher stuff?', enquired Claud"
Edgar Allan Poe
Public DomainEdgar Allan Poe - Credit: Edwin H. Manchester

 The Fall of the House of Usher is a Gothic horror short story by Edgar Allan Poe which was first published in 1839.

Two film versions of the story, one French and one American, were made in 1928. The French version, La Chute de la maison Usher, was directed by Jean Epstein.

The American version was directed by James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber. It has been described as 'avant-garde' and 'experimental', and sounds suspiciously like the type of film parodied by Stella Gibbons on p.93 where she describes Flora's first meeting with the Hollywood film producer Earl P. Neck. 

Click here to see an extract from the American version.